April 15, 2014


The Audacity of Reasonable Expectations

The oven looked like an aquarium. The picture in the ad showed the oven in the kitchen, but at some point it had been moved outside so that it could get some rain. When I arrived, it was outside under a tarp from the late 70′s. It was more fishnet than tarp. When we pulled […]

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April 8, 2014


The Benefits of Keeping Your Business Small

I was wrong. I thought the best path to free up my time to work on other projects was to grow my appliance business as big as I could. So I took on a partner and also hired my brother full time to help. The three of us sold a lot of appliances in past […]

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April 6, 2014


Item Won’t Sell on Craigslist? Change the Title

I just sat on six large filing cabinets for over three weeks. Nobody called, nobody emailed. I dropped the price, still nothing. I couldn’t figure out why in the world no one would want these nice metal filing cabinets. That’s when it hit me late one night that it’s 2014. People aren’t searching for filing […]

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April 3, 2014


How to Make $200 Cleaning an Oven

There are few things that people hate more in life than cleaning their oven. People dread the prospect of cleaning filthy ovens and would rather give them away or sell them for peanuts than clean them. Multiple times a month we will make anywhere from $100-$200 simply by cleaning an oven and then reselling it. […]

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March 19, 2014


6 Steps to Starting A Successful Blog

Here’s how most blogs start. After reading advice from other bloggers about how to start and run successful blogs, you spend a few hours in a burst of activity and inspiration giving birth to your blog that’s going to teach people a new way to look at the world. You then spend a ton of […]

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March 12, 2014


What Paper Airplanes Have Taught Me About Success

Standing on the edge of a large cliff in the mountains of Southern Oregon, we prepared our plane for launch. The paper airplane glided back and forth across the valley below for what seemed like forever before it finally clipped the top of a tall Douglas Fir tree. It was almost magical. We had made […]

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February 25, 2014


What I’ve Learned While Working Remotely

We are just wrapping up our month long visit to the Big Island of Hawaii. I say visit and not vacation because the first two weeks here I worked a regular work day. I extended our trip because I wanted to experiment with working remotely, and I wanted our family to be here as long […]

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February 13, 2014


The High School Startup

As I opened the email three words jumped off the screen. High school students. Yes!, I said out loud to my wife. Some high school kids are doing this! Kyle and Nick, two high school seniors outside of Boston had started their own appliance business. Here’s their story. It started for Kyle at the age […]

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February 6, 2014


10 Things I Wish I Would Have Known in High School

In our culture today, almost nothing is expected of our youth until after they reach adulthood, that glorious day that we have held up for decades, the day one graduates from college. It’s the beautiful day in which all young people are supposed to magically stop wasting all their time, blowing all their money, get […]

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January 21, 2014


Why I Started A School

A year ago I got an email from a reader asking me how to get into the appliance business. I ended up coaching him for an hour, and 10 months later he’s made more money buying, selling and repairing appliances than at any job he’s ever had. After that, I went on to coach dozens […]

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